I was born and raised in Sweden. My aesthetics and outlook on life are strongly shaped by a culture rich in folklore, tradition and a watchful eye toward the future. As a designer, my tendencies reflect the clean, visual and functional practicality and the environmental responsibility that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia. I feel that well-executed design tells a story of place, personality, and preferences, and I have a very hard time thinking Inside the Box. As a General Contractor, I strive to support manufacturers of new, green materials, and tap into Oregon’s plethora of artisans and environmentally like-minded talents. I was trained as an architect at the University of Cincinnati and as a color specialist at the Scandinavian Colour Institute in Stockholm. I am helplessly obsessed with gardening and landscape design, and cherish the benevolent climate of the Pacific NW. As a volunteer member of our local Ski Patrol, I am among the privileged few that get to take the first, glittering turns of the day down the slopes, as the sun rises. This has got to be one of the most beautiful places in the world!!! Having children has made me more rebellious than I ever was in my teenage years. Even though they may one day curse my generation (as well as the generations before mine) for our lackadaisical stance on the rampant abuse of the world’s resources, I want them to know that at least their mom was trying to make a difference. The time when one of my kids at the age of 4 told the fast food clerk that “No thanks, I don’t want a landfill toy” still counts as one of my proudest parental moments.


16 Responses to About

  1. Hi annamadeit…please send me your real name. I loved your piece on Green Roofs and am quoting you on a Green Roof Presentation at a conference in Johannesburg. I would like to give credits to thr right person

    • annamadeit says:

      I am pleased and honored that you liked my post on Green Roofs, and even more so that anything I wrote will be quoted in such distinguished company. My real name is Anna Kullgren and my company is called Optic Verve LLC. My blog, The Creative Flux, is my vehicle for posting things I think people might want to know. The day after the green roof post, I wrote a small amendment in terms of green roofs. You may want to read that too:


      Thanks again, and best of luck with the event! I hope you gain a huge number of enthusiastic converts!

  2. Dear Anna,

    I like visiting your blog, especially your posts about the garden.Thanks for your useful hints.
    And thank you for visting my blog and commenting.
    We have in common our love for the garden and that we both are risen in Sweden.

    Greetings from the sunny coast of North Norfolk

    • annamadeit says:

      You grew up in Sweden too? And now Norfolk? Funny the turns a life takes, isn’t it? Looking forward to learning more about you! πŸ™‚

      • Well, in short: I grew up partly in Germany and Sweden (Smaland & Uppsala). Studied in Germany, Canada and Finland and lectured then at the McGillUniversity/Montreal for some years after I have lived for quite a while in Nepal, India and Mexico. But I had the feeling to be European and so I moved to the beautiful coast of North Norfolk where I am living for many years now loving my garden, boating and writing.
        That`s my life in a nutshell πŸ˜‰
        But unfortunatly I have forgotten all my Swedish – it`s a pity but too long ago.
        And what brought you from Sweden to the US?

      • annamadeit says:

        That is a far more exciting story than mine! My mother moved here when I was in high school. I followed five years later, got my education, went back to Sweden for another five years, and then to Oregon. Not very exciting at all… Too bad you forgot your Swedish, but I know – it happens… My kids understand more than they speak at this point. 😦

      • Isn`t it a pity if you don`t use a language you will loose it. But I suppose if I would go back to Sweden I would relearn it quite quickly.
        Have a great day!
        Greetings from the sunny coast of Norfolk

      • annamadeit says:

        It’s in there somewhere – of that I’m certain! Nothing a few days of pure immersion won’t bring back! πŸ™‚

  3. white-colors says:

    What is your contact email?

    Please post it so that I can interview you regarding one of your articles.

    Thank You!

  4. Glad to have discovered both your blogs through gardeninacity. My son attends UC (industrial design) and my mother was Swedish – I hope to travel to Sweden for the first time in the next year or two and will be exploring my heritage through Swedish and Scandinavian literature on my blog, http://bookscansavealife.com . I’m a beginner gardener, and my husband and I are very interested in sustainable design/homes/gardens. On so many levels, I am interested in what you have to stay on both your blogs! Perhaps you can advise me when I do a couple of posts on Scandinavian literature.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thank you, Valorie – and how nice to meet you! I don’t know a lot about literature (other than that I love to read) but I’m thrilled to be even a small part of your exploration of your Swedishness, and whatever else you might get out of my musings.

      I have to say, your son picked a very good school for design. Funny enough – my son has been thinking about ID as a career too. But he still has some time to think about it – he is only a freshman in high school, and is having fun exploring lots of new subjects. Time will tell… πŸ™‚

  5. blondieaka says:

    Ha Ha love your boys comment on landfill toys would loved to have been next in the queue πŸ™‚

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